By Ann McMikel, Interim Vice President, Global Health, American Cancer Society
The 66th Session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) will take place May 20-28 in Geneva, Switzerland. The assembly will hopefully serve as the culmination of targeted advocacy efforts and campaigns to put in place a strong Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) and the beginning of efforts to implement the plan around the world. The global action plan and the comprehensive global monitoring framework for the prevention and control of NCDs provide a significant opportunity to help fight NCDs at global and national levels.
The American Cancer Society helped lead a global grassroots effort to support the UN High-level Meeting on NCDs in September 2011 and the adoption of the NCD Political Declaration elevating cancer and other NCDs on the global health and development agenda. Through its global grassroots advocacy network, the Society worked to ensure that the language of the UN Political Declaration supports evidence-based cancer prevention and control priorities. As part of its Global Health Strategy, the American Cancer Society also launched the ‘Meet the Targets’ program in nine countries with an aim to support national advocacy efforts in key priority countries to ensure national implementation of the commitments made in the political declaration of the UN High level Meeting on NCDs.
The American Cancer Society is joining forces with its partners at the UICC, the NCD Alliance, the Preventive Health Partnership, and its network of global advocates around the world to urge government leaders attending the WHA to adopt a robust global action plan to fulfill commitments made in the UN Political Declaration on NCDs. Click here to read the NCD Alliance briefing on the NCD resolution for adoption at WHA.